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Victorious over sin

For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden, because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. 1 John 5:3-4 CSB

Paul continued emphasizing the theme about love for God. John then states, “love for God is to keep His commands. And His commands are not a burden.” Previously mentioned, obeying God’s commands, at times, may not bring smiles to our faces, and, may in fact, bring trials and tribulations. Jesus Christ was obedient to the Father, even to the point of death on the cross. In the same manner, obedience to the Lord may bring moments of difficulty, especially as it may go in contrary to the world’s teachings and ways. How can God’s commands, then, not be burdensome? One can observe the consequences of disobedience to the Lord. For example, it may seem tempting to steal from one’s company. To give into such temptation may temporarily allow one to purchase whatever they want. Yet, the consequences of getting caught leads to fines and imprisonment. The price of disobedience to God’s command “not to steal” in the long run is costly. To obey God, to do what is right, considering righteousness as opposed to sin, is the easier choice. Jesus describes His yoke in Matthew 11:29-30 as easy, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Yet, at times, believers may slip up and fall into temptation, and in doing so, may claim that victory over the world has not happened yet. In response to such a mindset, John declares in verse 5 providing an encouragement, “because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.” Jesus Christ declared victory over sin in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection has led to victory over Satan’s power influence over the world. Therefore, believers should have confidence in being able to resist the devil’s temptations for Jesus has already provided the victory and the power to defeat temptation.


Isaac De Guzman

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